Drive to cut London bus crime is extended

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced new plans to help cut crime on buses by extending transport policing teams to 30 locations across the capital.

The move follows the introduction on his election in May of three 12-week pilot schemes in West Croydon, Wood Green and Canning Town to tackle bus-related crime affecting passengers.

Launching the roll out today at Bexleyheath Police Station in the London Borough of Bexley, Mr Johnson said: "One of the things that came up time and time again over the campaign, and indeed I've experienced it myself, is the question of people feeling safe on buses and public transport generally.

"I think they have every reason to feel increasingly safer, but there is a problem and it needs to be dealt with. That's why we banned alcohol on the Tube, buses and railways.

"It has proved self-enforcing in the way we said it was going to be, and I'm very pleased about that."

An additional 440 uniformed officers will help establish the new hub teams.

The hub teams will be rolled out in their 27 extra locations throughout London's 32 boroughs from January to June next year.

The £11.3m (€14.38m) cost of the initiative is being primarily financed by Transport for London with the Metropolitan Police Service.

Mr Johnson added: "One of the key things we said we were going to do is to remove money from Transport for London's publicity budget in favour of more policing on the buses."

Showing a renewed faith in official statistics, Mr Johnson said that since the three trial teams began, robberies within those areas had reduced by 37.8%, with overall crime going down by 16% and violent crime by 5.6%.

He said: "I do not believe that there is a plague of out-of-control kids all the way across London who are turning the lives of every single passenger into a nightmare. There is a minority that cause trouble and that minority needs to be effectively deterred."

More in this Section

Probe launched after UK Civil Service tweet labels British Government ‘truth twisters’Probe launched after UK Civil Service tweet labels British Government ‘truth twisters’

Alligator rumoured to have been Hitler’s dies in MoscowAlligator rumoured to have been Hitler’s dies in Moscow

Tesla makeover for spacemen as Cape Canaveral prepares to launch astronautsTesla makeover for spacemen as Cape Canaveral prepares to launch astronauts

Boris Johnson stands by under-fire senior aide Dominic CummingsBoris Johnson stands by under-fire senior aide Dominic Cummings


Last week, I wrote about 'small is beautiful' as a key to an improved environment for all living things after this Covid crisis is finally over. As I wrote, I saw, in the mind's eye, the village where I live in west Cork and from which my wife and I are temporarily exiled.Damien Enright: Community spirit can ensure we pull through - together

Fifty years ago, a fox was spotted in Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green. The unfortunate animal was chased by local ‘gurriers’. It took refuge in a tree but was promptly stoned to death.Richard Collins: Wildlife taking back the streets of our cities

The north pier on Cape Clear has been eerily quiet these last few months as no visitors disembark. The ferry is not unloading boatloads of tourists from Baltimore, 45 minutes away, or from Schull, as it would normally.The Islands of Ireland: Cape Clear tells its side of the story

If the Donegal postman and amateur weather forecaster has it right, we could be in for water shortages in the coming months. Michael Gallagher, who predicted the scorching summer of 2018 and the 2010 freeze-up, says we’ll have a ‘lovely’ summer.Donal Hickey: Demand for water to soar

More From The Irish Examiner